Mudi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mudi so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginHungary flagHungary
Other Names
What other names does the Mudi have?
Canis Ovilis FenyesiHungarian Mudi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Mudi Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Mudi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Mudi in the United States? How much money is a Mudi?

Where to buy a Mudi with a good pedigree?

$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Mudi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mudi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mudi gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Mudi? How many Mudi are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Mudi Size

Size
Is a Mudi small, medium or large dog?

How big do Mudi get?

What is the average size of a Mudi?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Mudi weigh? How much should a Mudi weight? What is the normal weight of a Mudi? How much does a full-grown Mudi weight?
18-29 pounds (8-13 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Mudi?
23.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mudi? Mudi height:
15-19 inches (38-48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Mudi?
17 inches (43 cm)

Mudi Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mudi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseCurlyWavyShinyShortThe rest of the body has a uniformly wavy, possibly spiral-like, full-bodied and always shiny hair, about 3-7 cm long. There are 3 basic types of hair. The most typical is wavy, which is almost smooth on the groove. The 2nd typical is little curl is short, which is very showy, but not nearly the most typical, and the 3rd is the slightly longer wavy curl, which in some cases is felted. It is characterized by longer ear hair, and in the case of adult dogs on the head, only the short smooth hair is acceptable. Head and front of limbs are covered by short, straight and smooth hair.
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Mudi coats?
FawnBlack MerleBrownGrayWhiteBlackBlue-GreyAsh coloured (blue grey)Blue Merle, that is black speckled, striped, brindle or spotted on lighter or darker bluish-grey primary color. Based on FCI, only slightly extensive white markings are tolerated but not desired. A white patch on the chest, less than 5 cm in diameter, and small white markings on the toes are tolerated but not desired. Brown: Only slightly extensive white markings are tolerated but not desired. A white patch on the chest, less than 5 cm in diameter, and small white markings on the toes are tolerated but not desired.
Grooming
How to groom the Mudi and how often? How often should I take my Mudi to the groomer?
Average: The Mudi requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Mudi, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Mudi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Canis Ovilis Fenyesi? Do Mudi dogs shed a lot?
Mudi dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Mudi need a bath? How often should you give a Mudi a bath? Can I bathe my Mudi every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Mudi Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mudi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertEnergeticIntelligentLovingCourageousGentleLivelyGuardingCompanionableWatchfulKeen to WorkAdaptable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mudi? Is the Mudi breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Mudi dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Mudi is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Mudi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Mudi?
Mudi dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Mudis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mudi sensitivity:
Mudi dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Mudi a good family dog?
High: Mudi dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Canis Ovilis Fenyesi need? Mudi social needs:
Mudi dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Mudi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Canis Ovilis Fenyesi bark?
Average: The Mudi barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Mudi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mudi dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mudi dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mudi dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Mudi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Canis Ovilis Fenyesi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mudi? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Mudi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Mudi has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Mudi? How much bite force does a Mudi have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Mudi bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Mudi, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mudi do?
Mudi dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mudi dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mudi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mudi roam?
Mudi dogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mudi have high prey drive?
Their prey drive is low. Mudi dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mudi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Mudi in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Mudi indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Mudi dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Mudi be left alone? How long can you leave a Mudi alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Mudi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mudi temperament with other people:
Mudi dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mudi dogs get along with other pets? Are Mudi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mudi dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Mudi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mudi temperament with children:
Mudi dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mudi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Mudi breed live with a cat?
Mudi dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Mudi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mudi dogs get along with other dogs?
Mudi dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mudi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Mudi breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Mudi dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mudi dogs good office canines? Do Mudi dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Yes
Mudi is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mudi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Canis Ovilis Fenyesi temperament with senior people? Are Mudi dogs good for elderly owners?
Mudis are usually recommended for elderly people.

Mudi Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mudi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Mudis are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Mudi breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Mudi breed? Most common health risks of Mudi:
CataractsElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Mudi breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Mudi see the vet?
Rare
The Mudi should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Mudi dogs live? How old can a Mudi be? What is the age limit of the Mudi? How many years can the oldest Mudi live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Mudi?

How long is the lifespan of a Mudi?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Mudi: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mudi breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mudi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mudi have? What is the activity level of the Mudi?
Mudi dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Mudi need? How much exercise do Mudi dogs require per day?

Do Mudi dogs need a lot of exercises?

Mudi dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Mudi breed need?
Mudi dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Mudi need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Mudi breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Mudi? How much food should I feed my Mudi?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.A Mudi diet should be formulated for a small to mid-sized breed with above-average energy and exercise requirements.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mudi risk for obesity:
Average: The Mudi has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mudi weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Mudi has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Mudi drool?
The Mudi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Mudi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Mudi.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Mudi As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mudi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Mudi is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mudi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mudi be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Mudi breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mudi be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Mudi breed is a good choice for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mudi be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.

The Mudi breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mudi be a boat dog?

Not really

Mudi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mudi be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Mudi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Mudi dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Mudi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Mudi pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Mudi breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Mudi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mudi have in a litter? How many puppies can the Mudi breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Mudi have? How many puppies can a Mudi give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Mudi Recognition

AKC Group
Is Mudi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Mudi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.

Mudi Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Mudi dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Mudi dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Mudis are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Mudi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Mudi has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mudi dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Mudi dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Mudi dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Mudi dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Mudi is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mudis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mudi dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Mudi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.

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Mudi Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Noemi

    Jul 9, 2020, 9:54:33 PM:

    Very good choice for active people who love to do dog sports. With proper training and early socialization, your mudi will do everything you wish from him. This breed learns very quickly, needs moderate grooming, and has no health issues.